Prominent Nigerian novelist and acclaimed feminist, Chimamanda Adichie has been elected into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, along with 227 new members.
In the announcement by the Academy of Arts and Science, Chimamanda was listed among 40 Foreign Honorary Members from 19 countries elected by the Academy.
Among the people elected are some of the world’s most accomplished scholars, scientists, writers, artists, as well as civic, business, and philanthropic leaders. They will all form the 237th class of the academy in an induction ceremony on October 7, 2017, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
In March, Chimamanda was also elected into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She becomes only the second Nigerian to be honoured by the prestigious institution, after Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka. She will be inducted into the academy in May.
Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is one of the country’s oldest learned societies and independent policy research centres, convening leaders from the academic, business, and government sectors to respond to the challenges facing – and opportunities available to – the nation and the world.
Members contribute to Academy publications and studies in science, engineering and technology policy; global security and international affairs; the humanities, arts and education; and American institutions and the public good.
According to Bella Naija, three other Nigerians were also elected into the Academy.
They include: Akin Mabogunje from the University of Ibadan. He was elected into the History section on the Academy. Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, President of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) was elected into the Business, Corporate and Philanthropic leadership section of the Academy. Former Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman, Attahiru M. Jega was elected into the Public Affairs and Public Policy section of the Academy.